Sunday, April 19, 2015

So What?

I upset some people by calling the account of the resurrection of Jesus outrageous, but it IS outrageous. If I told you my uncle Fred had been raised from the dead and dropped by to have a bite of fish, you would see just how outrageous an assertion that is. Talking about Jesus, though, we've heard it so much we no longer confront it, which means we never get to the most important question a Christian can ask, "So what?" What does the resurrection of Jesus mean in my life? For what did He give His life? Most importantly, what responsibilities are laid upon me as a Christian?


Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, So What? by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Way? No Way!

"...the doors were locked for fear of the Jews." This passage from the Gospel of John has permitted those who would draft the good news into service of their own evil goals to pursue much cruelty. At basis, the problem is one of dualistic thinking -- an inability to see the world through the non-dualistic eyes of Christ.
Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Way? No Way! by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

TIKKUN OLAM

I think that here in the mountains the most common understanding of the Resurrection and Crucifixion is some variant on the theme of "Jesus did it all" or "Jesus paid the debt we could not pay". I can't relate to that at all for reasons unimportant here, but the question I would pose is this: when Jesus returns, is "Thanks a bunch, Jesus" all that He will expect from us, or has He called us to a task -- the task of healing the world, or, in Hebrew, Tikkun Olam?


Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Tikkun Olam by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Passion

Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. Jesus arrives in Jerusalem to the acclaim of the crowds but leaves in quite a different way. A couple of years ago I said that preaching on Holy Week is like holding a seminar on the three little pigs -- we have heard the story so often that it takes on a gloss of "Once Upon a Time". We need to hear the story of the Passion, and I elected to read it from a paraphrase, "The Message". Listen for the word of God in this reading from Mark.


Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, The Passion by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org

All Scripture quotations in this publication are from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © by Eugene H. Peterson 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Father Rohr's Confessions

Lent is the time when we are called to examine our relationship with God, Jesus and the church with prayer and integrity. Father Rohr offered three confessions that I think we need heed. They are:

1. We worship Jesus instead of following Him
2. We have turned Jesus into a religion
3. We have turned ourselves into believers and belongers


Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Father Rohr's Confessions by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

God's Goad

The people who followed Moses out of Egypt had no more idea how to move into a new life than a fish has of how to ride a bicycle.  Even more telling, they didn't have any understanding that the course Moses would plot for them was the ONLY way forward and that every other path led only to death. Sound familiar? It is the contemporary certainty that we are smart enough to run our own lives.

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, God's Goad by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Our CPS App

During Lent, the church is obligated to assess where it is currently, and where it should be headed. If the course is wrong, the church is obligated to correct it. In that spirit of correction, Fr. Richard Rohr wrote:

We worshiped Jesus instead of following Him on his same path.
We made Jesus into a mere religion instead of a journey toward union with God and everything else.
This shift made us into a religion of “belonging and believing” instead of a religion of transformation.

That is pretty damning when you think on it. 

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Our CPS App by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.